20 Years of Aidhour


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Aidhour has been celebrating its 20th birthday with a series of professional social work events throughout the year. It’s a testament to the social work profession that it still continues to offer an expert, independent service to LA’s for vulnerable children needing protection and representation.

Established in 1998 as a company limited by guarantee – one of the earliest forms of social enterprise – as a response to a shortage of quality children’s social work assessment services in a London authority. It quickly moved from providing community based assessments for families in child protection processes to providing specialist family support services and project based expertise, including whole IRO services in first Ealing and then Brent and other London Boroughs.

The growth began with expert social work managers and is still run by and with social workers with expertise in a wide range of areas but all well grounded in safeguarding.

Today, Aidhour provides a wide variety of specialist children’s services to local authorities and other organisations. These range from children’s advocacy services, statutory reviews for looked after children and chairs for Child Protection Conferences to whole statutory service deep dive reviews, inspection preparation and improvement plan implementation.

Aidhour’s success lies in it’s authoritative independent attention to detail. The associates are handpicked by our social work qualified Directors, providing a national network of over 65 experienced practitioners, senior managers and consultants working in project teams to help solve problems and implement outcomes focused action plans.

Aidhour’s extensive track record in delivering an independent, robust, on time, on budget services gives flexible resourcing when and where it’s needed.

Over the last 2 years, Aidhour’s 5 largest contracts with LA customers helped them achieve Good or Outstanding gradings in Ofsted inspections of their Looked after children and Care Leavers provision. Something to be proud of!

The teams are passionate about their work in helping provide solutions that are social work at the core.


Sally Mortimore

Managing Director